The Golden State Warriors are officially against the wall.
They are now the ones down 3-1 in a playoff series, and they just can’t seem to figure the Los Angeles Lakers out.
However, and even though Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole combined for just nine points, the Warriors still had a shot to win last night.
But besides Lonnie Walker IV’s improbable career night, Steve Kerr believes some calls took a big toll on their chances of winning the game:
Steve Kerr says the Lakers play with a lot of "gamesmanship" and were rewarded on flops pic.twitter.com/QeIXGlPegb
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 9, 2023
Kerr called the Lakers out for flopping, citing that they’re a team that knows how to generate calls that play with gamesmanship.
Notably, Coach Kerr isn’t usually the one to take a shot at referees or other teams, but this is a nearly unprecedented situation for the Warriors.
The free-throw disparity has been a major talking point throughout the first three games of this series, so maybe his words come from that frustration.
The Warriors dynasty has overcome nearly every major point of adversity and situation possible, proving the doubters wrong over and over, but it’s kind of different this time.
This will be the ultimate character test for a team that has failed to live up to its standard since the start of the season, or it might as well be the beginning of the end of their dynasty years.
Some believe this core has run its course already, but Stephen Curry had a 31-point triple-double in the loss, so it’s not like they couldn’t be a championship contender for the next couple of seasons.NEXT: The Warriors Have Made A Starting Lineup Change Ahead Of Game 4